This has been the best summer that I have had in a long time! I can’t decide if it really is better than average, or if it just came at the right time. I often wonder if springtime would lose it’s splendor if it’s timing was different. It shows up after February, which, in my opinion, is the dreariest month of the year. It’s the month where everything is lifeless and cold. Then, just when I think I can’t take it anymore, March shows up! Green things start to pop up out of the ground, the Red Buds bloom and my heart always soars. That’s how I feel about this summer. It showed up just in time and my heart is glad.
It started with a long family vacation out West. The DVD player in our van went kaput. So, we had hours and hours and hours of driving with only each other and the scenery for entertainment. My favorite part was that we took our time. We took scenic routes. We stopped at the tourist traps (and loved them!). We asked the locals where they liked to eat, and we went there. We talked. We laughed. We enjoyed each other. I feel like my kids are all a little closer after that trip. One of our kids had a particularly tough year. At one point my husband looked at me and said, “I don’t care how much this trip costs. It’s worth every penny just to see that smile again.” I could go on and on about what I loved about the trip, but what he said sums it up.
Since we have been back, we have spent time with friends at the park and the pool. This is the first year where I can relax at the pool! I mean, I haven’t gotten completely lost in a novel yet, but I can actually carry on a poolside conversation now. Our kids have gotten to have a few adventures with friends. We’ve been spontaneous, which is my favorite thing to be! The kids and I hopped in the car and drove to the little town where my husband works for lunch. We had our first Burger Week burger! My son is learning to drive and is required to drive ten night hours. Most of those hours are being accrued driving to sonic for half price milkshakes. (Not me though! I’ve lost 25 pounds since February and am over halfway to my goal!) We’ve sat around our fire pit, played games and had friends over.
Mornings are my favorite! I wake up and have coffee with my husband. After he leaves I spend some time praying and reading the Bible. I have had some really good times with my Heavenly Father this summer! There are deep places in my heart that have finally been reached. For the first time in my life, I feel completely accepted by God, by my husband and by myself. It’s changed everything. Also, I’ve been working out almost every day. I work on my garden, which has monster tomato plants. I love the slow-paced mornings, doing simple, ordinary things. It has been exactly what a summer should be, and I am extremely thankful for it.
Of course, it can’t last forever! Things are about to pick up. One of my children will be having surgery in a couple of weeks. We are jumping back into speech therapy with my youngest kiddo, and it’s time to start getting ready for the school year. Life will be busy again soon, but I think I’m ready for it. Almost. Or, at least I will be soon. I think. 🙂
God is so good! Just as He sends spring after a dreary winter, He has sent this season to my life after a long and difficult one. It reminds me of this passage:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
I’m not sure how to describe this season. A season of rest? Yes. Healing? Absolutely! It’s also been a season of gladness and joy. I was empty and now I am filled, so maybe I should call it a season of replenishment. I may not know what to call it, but it’s been a good one and I am so thankful.